Expert Forensic Mechanical Engineer Consultant for Fire and Explosion Safety and Investigation

Technical Consultant #1111


Expertise

  • Explosion and fire protection, overpressure protection
  • Forensic mechanical engineering investigations, conclusions and reporting in residential, commercial and industrial situations.
  • Investigation of hail and tornado damage, water intrusion, structural failure and settling, fire and explosion investigations, slip and fall, sprinkler system failure and subrogation's investigations.
  • Failure scene examination, evidence handling and chain of custody documentation, interview techniques and report writing.
  • Workplace safety, industrial equipment safety, product failure analysis, equipment damage evaluation.
  • Subrogation investigation of mechanical systems and structures.
  • Quality assurance consultation for protective products.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma

Experience

2002 - Present Independent Consultant, Forensic Mechanical Engineer

  • Responsible for forensic mechanical engineering investigations, conclusions and reporting in residential, commercial and industrial situations.
  • Projects have included investigation of hail and tornado damage, water intrusion, structural failure and settling, fire and explosion investigations, slip and fall, sprinkler system failure and subrogation's investigations.
  • Familiar with scene examination, evidence handling and chain of custody documentation, interview techniques and report writing.

1985 – 2002 Fike Corporation, Blue Springs, MO, Lead Engineer, Explosion Protection Products

  • Responsible for investigation of field failures and incidents.
  • Designed special explosion protection systems and trained sales outlet designers.

Lead Engineer, Fire Protection Products

  • Designed fire protection systems, supervised technical service personnel and provided training to distributor network.

Manager, Corporate Quality

  • Responsible for manufacturing non-conformity and product failure analysis including product recall situations.
  • Established statistical process control for manufacturing.

Senior Quality Engineer

  • Instrumental in the preparation, implementation and achievement of ISO 9001 registration.
  • Responsible for evaluation of all non-conforming product manufactured and associated corrective actions.

Product Manager, Valves

  • Responsible for ball valve product line and worked with pressure protection system design and special applications of rupture discs and explosion vents.

Director and Operations Manager, Hazards Testing Group

  • Directed the operation of a test lab that simulated and studied runaway chemical reactions for the purpose of designing industrial pressure protection systems and manufacture of V.S.P. Product.

Honors & Publications

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society for Quality
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Missouri Society of Professional Engineers
  • National Fire Protection Agency
  • National Society of Professional Engineers

Education

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas
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